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Chickens

This spring, we mail-ordered 20 chicks.  For those unfamiliar with this process, they actually come in a box, with holes for them to breathe of course.  (In the spring, the West Plains Post Office has so many of these boxes that the entire place chirps!)  We ordered these chicks for a few reasons.  One is […]

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One-Eyed Chicken Survivor

One-eyed chicken survivor miraculously appeared this morning.  Rejoined his compatriots who now, for some reason, stick remarkably close together. Need me to draw the analogy to at-risk boys?  I think not. That’ll preach. P.S. If this is confusing, read my previous blog.

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Finding Truth

I have noticed that since moving to the country, my eyes and ears have started working better.  I take more time to see and hear.  The flock of birds that flies by above me makes a whizzing sound.  The noises in the distant fields at night have names and strange faces.  When I go on […]

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Emily Dickinson?

People ask me what I’m going to teach the boys on the ranch.  One answer is that many things will teach themselves…like Emily Dickinson. Out here, I feel myself Surrounded by Emily Dickinson – her Metaphors – exploding all around – Her flowers – her bees, Her sunsets – her trees! the family, she held […]

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If We Knew What We Were Doing…

My dad, who has successfully run his own business for over 30 years, likes to say: “If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t be doing this.” Now obviously, he has done a lot of things right over the years: made enough money to raise 6 kids on one salary with his wife at […]

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Cowboy Boots and Running Shoes

http://www.joebilldixon.com/staff.html At breakfast this morning, Brandon Maxwell and I met with Joe Bill Dixon, one of Whetstone’s founding board members. If you lived in West Plains, I would not have to write anything else.  I could end this entry right now, and you would call up our office to ask how you could be involved […]

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Faithful with Little

Have you ever tried to raise $150,000 in 5 months? If you have, call me now and tell me the secret…please! If you haven’t, let me share an inside look. First off, asking someone for money is humbling. It’s an open admission that you can’t do something by yourself, with your own resources. And let’s […]

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Pink Buckets

How many of you out there have brought home a wild animal for a pet?  You thought the kids would learn to appreciate nature a little more if it were up close and personal.  You thought you’d rescue a baby rabbit about to be eaten by your cat which had it cornered and seemed to […]

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It’s Only Natural

One must be careful when drawing uplifting moral lessons from nature.  The barbaric and the hostile are just as easily derived from observing the animal kingdom at close quarters.  Both modern and ancient peoples have been guilty of sacrificing human welfare (and sometimes humans!) in idolatrous pantheism. However, I believe that for those who submit […]

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A Tale of Two Goats

This is a story of two goats. The first, pictured above, is a semi-feral remnant from the goat herd that used to populate the farm where we rent. He spooked us the first time we stumbled across him on a hike – bursting out from an abandoned farmhouse he has apparently claimed since the rest […]

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